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Egypt has mandated the use of certain standards for toy safety. Manufacturers and importers have until May 23, 2018 to comply with these new standards.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 057/18

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Egypt has mandated the use of certain standards for toy safety. Manufacturers and importers have until May 23, 2018 to comply with these new standards.

In February 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a number of notifications from Egypt under document numbers 18-1108 [1], 18-1116 [2], 18-1120 [3] and 18-1122 [4] announcing its intention to adopt certain Egyptian Standards (ES standards) for toy safety. According to the notifications, Ministerial Decree Numbers 1307/2017 and 1308/2017 (both issued on October 15, 2017 and published on November 23, 2017) have mandated the use of the following toy safety standards:

  • ES 3123-1/2017 ‘Safety of Toys – Part 1: Physical and Mechanical Properties’
  • ES 3123-5/2017 ‘Safety of Toys – Part 5: Chemical Toys (Sets) other than Experimental Sets’
  • ES 3123-12/2017 ‘Safety of Toys – Part 12: N-Nitrosamines and N-Nitrosatable Substances’
  • ES 3123-14/2017 ‘Safety of Toys – Part 14: Trampolines for Domestic Use’
  • ES 7269/2017 ‘Electric Toys – Safety’

It is interesting to note that Egypt has mandated the 2017 version of ES 3123-12 for n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances, a standard that is considered to be technically equivalent to EN 71-12:2016 [5]. This European standard was published by the Comité Europeén de Normalisation (CEN, European Committee for Standardization) in December 2016 and is expected to be cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for presumption of conformity with Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called European Toy Safety Directive (TSD).

According to the notifications, Ministerial Decree Numbers 1307/207 and 1308/2017 allow a six-month transitional period for manufacturers and importers to comply with the new standards. This compliance date is May 23, 2018.

Ministerial Decree Number Standard                   Scope of Toy Safety Standard Technical Equivalence
1307/2017 ES 3123-12:2017 N-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances EN 71-12:2016
ES 3123-14:2017 Trampolines for domestic use EN 71-14:2014
1308/2017 ES 3123-1:2017 Physical and Mechanical Properties EN 71-1:2014
ES 3123-5:2017 Chemical toys (sets) other than Experimental sets EN 71-5:2015
ES 7296:2017 Electric toys IEC 62115:2017
Compliance date: May 23, 2018

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Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest toy safety requirements for the Egyptian market.

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